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Venice: Where it all started.......and ended

Six months ago the 27th of December 2013, she woke up into reality. The reality that at 37, she was about to start life all over again – on her own. Yes, just almost two years after she lost her  son , she was faced yet again with  another life changing situation. Something that she thought could potentially happen, but never imagined.  Everything was so surreal at that time. Everything seemed to be just a dream, a nightmare in fact. How could this be happening to her? Was the death of her son not enough punishment for her  to endure another heartache?  How could she possibly get through this?  A life without the man she thought  she would spend the rest of her life with. And the timing? Oh, couldn’t have been better- thanksgiving, their 16 th  year anniversary, his birthday, Christmas, New Year, her son’s second year death anniversary, Valentine’s day...all the major holidays in a span of three months- she was alone and she didn’t know what to do. It was too much to take. But she kne

Winter in Venice

I have always wanted to see Venice in water. So when a "life changing" situation gave me the opportunity to travel to Venice in December, I didn't think twice. Although I have been to Venice before, this trip was of a different purpose as somehow I knew that this trip could possibly change my life forever- again.  I went there this time to find myself and create my own version of "Eat, Pray, Love" . Well, except for the love part or maybe even  the eat part. I will not elaborate on that for now, but I will surely share that experience on this blog in the next few days. My trip to Venice this time was perfect timing, I guess. The weather, as it was December, coincided with the state of mind that I was in.  I arrived in Venice around midday but it already felt as if it was the end of the day. Ah, the gloomy weather.... I remained a tourist in Venice, but this time not the typical tourist. Venice was of course a familiar place, but the emotions were d

Reflections after the Run

I realized that it is when I am running that I am most creative, reflective and ambitious. Over the years, I managed to write some of my reflections down and I would like to share them with you. When you've been through a lot in life, you will learn how to let go of those who make you feel worthless and those who hurt you, and hold on to those who may think you are stupid and would be hard on you but only because you know they love you and want the best for you. If you are at this point in your life, then you are on your way to happier and lighter days! You can only reach out so much. When a person keeps pushing you away, stop, take a deep breath, hold your head high and move on. Don't waste your time and energy on someone who doesn't appreciate your effort. As long as you know that you have good and real intentions and not pretending to like the person even if you really don't, you're definitely not the one to lose a good night's sleep. Remember, the

Porto's Cheese Rolls

It's now seven months since I first had that amazing first bite and I still yet to find the cheese roll (in London) that will somehow satisfy my cravings for the most amazing cheese roll ever that is Porto's. I mean, it really doesn't have to be as good as Porto's. I just want to find a cheese roll that is not with onions, mushrooms or salmon or whatsoever.  I just want a plain cheese roll. Is that too much to ask? The cheese rolls at Porto's are that good that I am willing to save money just to go back to California and have another bite. I am kidding of course, but this will now be another reason for me to go back and visit my family and friends perhaps at least once a year. So why do I love thee? Well, the Porto's cheese rolls are perfectly made for those who are in for a sweet treat. I love the flaky pastry dough- so much. And the cheese? Oh.My.God. That is all I can say. Maybe this is a bit of an exaggeration, but what can I do? I just love them.